40 veterans to be supported into work after £20k funding for Stoll

A leading provider of supported housing for armed forces veterans says that new funding will enable it to support 40 former servicemen and women back into work this year.

The £19.7k funding from the Armed Forces Covenant has been awarded to Stoll. Based in Fulham in London, Stoll says it will partner with others to provide training, skills and volunteering opportunities.

According to research by the Royal British Legion, veterans of working age are twice as likely to be unemployed as their civilian counterparts. Many veterans also face difficulties in adjusting to life outside the services.

According to Stoll, which is a registered charity: “The new initiative directly addresses the employability of veterans, maximising opportunities by building strong links with potential employers, and increasing the confidence and skills of veterans through workshops in CV writing, interview skills and job search. We will be partnering with a range of expert providers, including The Poppy Factory, RFEA, Career Transition Partnership, SAGE, Fighting Chance, Warrior Programme and the Barclays AFTER Programme.”

Stoll will provide small grants to assist with the cost of work-related courses and materials. Veterans will also be expected to part-fund any courses/equipment to ensure their commitment.

Ed Tytherleigh, Stoll’s CEO, said: “Increasingly, veterans of working age tell us that they want to engage in volunteering and paid employment, but need support to go about it. Our housing provision at a social rent gives vulnerable veterans a secure platform from which to go on and live fulfilling lives after a period of upheaval. 

“But if we are to encourage people to be independent and move on from Stoll, we also need to help veterans find paid employment after service. That’s why we are delighted to have received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund so that we can support more people into work.”

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